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Rio 2 Movie Review

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Your favorite birds are back! Let’s all go back to Rio! This film is one that never gets old! The first film was great! This second film is as good as the first one. All of the cast have reunited for this sequel along with some new characters. The adventures of  Blue voiced by Jesse Eisenberg and Jewel voiced by Anne Hathawayare fun and relatable for both kids and adults especially since they are now parents. The film opens with Blue and Jewel having some time away from the kids dancing the night away and having fun with their friends, while their kids are getting into things as kids do. Linda voiced by Leslie Mann and Tulio voiced by Rodrigo Santoro are now married and they run a bird sanctuary along with Fernando voiced by Jake T. Austin where Blue and Jewel live with their family.

Linda and Tulio are on an expedition in the Amazon where they discover a blue feather that they believe belongs to another Blue MacCaw. Jewel and Blue decide to fly to the Amazon to find them. In fact the whole gang decides to go with them. It is interesting to see how Blue domestic life spills over into his wild life with Jewel. They are raising their kids the same way.  All of their kids know how to read, play video games and listen to IPODS. When Blue and Jewel prepare to go on their trip Blue uses a GPS to help him with his navigation.

No Rio movie would be complete with Jermaine Clement as Nigel the sinister Cockatoo. This time Nigel even has a girlfriend Gabi voiced by Kristen Chinowith a poisonous frog. The two make quite an odd pair. Overall this film is funny and heart warming filled with music and dancing. It is definitely a must see! Also Bruno Mars does an excellent job as Roberto Jewels child hood friend. It gets 5 out of 5 popcorn bags!

 

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Noah

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This is definitely not your typical Biblical film. Set in what appears to be midieval times this film is pure fantasy written and directed by Darren Aronofsky.  It is a different twist on an old story. The actors deliver strong performances lead by Russell Crowe who plays Noah. Jennifer Connely plays his wife Naameh, Logan Lerman and Douglas Booth play his sons Ham and Shem. Emma Watson  plays Ila Shem’s woman. Anthony Hopkins is a delight as Methuselah.  And Ray Winstone is the villain Tubal-Cain. Aronofsky’s version is quite different to say the least referring to God as the Creator instead of the Lord our God. Infact there is no referrence to God at all, which in a supposed Biblical film is out of the ordinary. In fact this whole film is out of the ordinary. If you don’t know the Biblical story of  Noah then seeing this version will leave you with more questions. Especially the part about the watchers being big rocks who walk, talk and fight, but were originally angels that fell from heaven.

The only redeeming quality about this film is the special effects. They are amazing! Which makes this film a must see because the scene where the rains come and the flood begins is truly inspiring especially because of what it represents. This scene definitely should be experienced in IMAX theatre form.

In a sense it is a powerful film based on what it truly represents. The non-referrence to God, however makes it questionable. Over all the film is entertaining with this strong cast who hold your attention. There are some true referrences such as the story of Cain and Abel and how sin entered the world. Also the portrayal of the wickedness of men is very true then and now. For it’s entertainment value and the subject of the film it gets 3 out of 5 popcorn bags.

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Labor Day Movie Review

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Hope inspiring! This film definitely gives hope to those broken from love. It is proof that one may find love again anywhere and at any time. Josh Brolin and Kate Winslet are magic on the big screen. Kate plays Adele a single mother suffering from depression. Gatlin Griffin plays her son Henry and Josh Brolin plays Frank the escaped convict who changes their lives. The story takes place in 1987. The costumes fit the period. Kate does a great job capturing the sadness and despair of Adele. Her character has experienced such sadness and lonliness and Kate brings that out to the extent that it’s relatable. Frank also has expereinced a hard life. He’s a good man in a bad situation and Josh really makes us care about his character’s plight.  Their eyes tell a story and Josh and Kate tell each other’s story beautifully.

Gatlin’s character Henry has to endure alot. He does a great job. Alot of his emotions can be seen on his face. This film draws you in. The story is being told by Henry but we see the events played out. The flash backs of Frank’s life especially are a bit confusing and hard to follow at times through out the film, like the scene where a young Frank meets his wife. The scene is confusing because there is no introduction as to what the scene is about or who the people are in the scene so it makes it confusing to follow.

Overall the film is very emotional and heart felt. It’s not a chick flick but a flick for anyone who has a heart. It will hold your attention mainly because of the anticipation of Josh’s character being on the run and the possibility of him being caught and sent back to prison at any time. It is a must see! It gets 3 out of 5 popcorn bags.

 

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Captain Phillips Movie Review

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Amazing! Tom Hanks has done it again! This film is spectacular! The fact that it is about true events is extraordinary! What Captain Phillips endured was horrific. Tom Hanks captures it perfectly. Imagine sailing along on the ocean around the coast of Africa in all of it’s beauty when suddenly you are overtaken by those who would do you harm. This is what Tom Hank’s character Captain Richard Phillips and his crew experienced several years ago. All of the actors did exceptional jobs. The casting was spot on. The actors who portrayed the Somali pirates looked like they were malnourished thin Somalians. It was amazing!

This film from start to finish holds your attention. Tom Hanks just has a way in his acting to take a character and truly become that character to the extent that you can identify with and care about his character. His eyes are so telling as to what the character is feeling. He is mesmerizing to watch on the big screen. So be prepared to shed some tears because this film will definitely take you there.

Another triumph of this film is it gives one a renewed sense of pride in America and the skills and talent of our military. To watch how the Navy handles the pirate situation is amazing! Their precision, focus and quick response let’s you know we are in good hands. It was so smooth the way they swooped in and took charge to defuse the situation and rescue Captain Phillips was extraordinary! This film is a definite must see! It gets 5 out of 5 popcorn bags.

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Gravity Movie Review

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Entertaining!  Imagine floating helplessly lost in space. This is  the situation that Sandra Bullock and George Clooney find themselves in. The mere thought alone is frightening to be stranded in space with very little hope of getting back home and where death is almost certain. Sandra plays Dr. Ryan Stone a troubled woman that lost a child. George plays Astronaut Matt Kowalski who naturally is beloved by all at NASA. The two embark on a mission to go in space to fix and update satellites. Suddenly things go horribly wrong when out of control space debris rains down upon them and destroys everything including their ship and crew. Surrounded by death the two of them have to find a way to survive and somehow get back to earth.

The action starts fairly quickly and draws you in. The graphics are amazing! The set definitely has the look and feel of being in space. They covered every detail beautifully from anti-gravity to floating in space above earth in all it’s beauty where it seems so close you could touch it. The scene where the debris hit and Sandra’s character is hurled spinning out of control through space and you can see the fear and helplessness on her face. Sandra nailed it! Even though George’s character remains calm through it all. You can still see the fear and alarm in his eyes. Both are phenomenal actors! The 3D effect doesn’t make or break the film, however there were many missed 3D opportunities that would have enhanced the film tremendously. One scene in particular was the scene when the debris hit. That would have been a great chance to engage the audience by having debris fly straight at them. Audiences would have loved it and it would have greatly enhanced the film.

Overall this is a good film. It holds your attention until the end. It is a definite must see, but save the extra money because 2D is just as good as 3D in this case. It gets 4 out of 5 popcorn bags.

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Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2

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Eat before you see this film! Sure to be a an instant classic! This delightful film takes up where the other left off. In the opening scene we find Flint Lockwood voiced by Bill Hader has saved the day by deactivating his food weather machine or so he thought. Chester V voiced by Will Forte is the villain in the film. He is also Flint’s childhood hero. In fact by Flint watching his television show it was Chester V who influenced Flint to become a scientist. So the story definitely fits with the previous film.

The 3D effect does nothing for the film, but the film’s animation is so creative! The scene where Flint and his friends return to their home is jaw dropping because when they arrive it is like looking at a prehistoric island. The inhabitants look like animals but are made of food. It is amazing to see a dinosaur like creature made of celery or a crocodile made of tacos even birds like flamingos made of mango fruit. The creativity of the animators in coming up with the various foodimals is quite impressive. They all are unique with their own characteristics. Some are cute like Berry a cute little strawberry who befriends Sam Sparks Flints love interest voiced by Anna Faris. Others are not so cute like the Cheese Spider, who looks scary and deadly but it actually very friendly. In fact all of the foodimals are friendly.

This film is a good of example for not just kids but adults as well to not judge someone by their looks. It is fun for the whole family with a nice message to not judge a book by its cover. It gets 4 out of  5 popcorn bags.

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Baggage Claim Movie Review

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Fantastic! This film really gets it! David E. Talbert who both wrote and directed the film really gives us a good glimpse into the single life and what a person goes through to search for that special someone.  Paula Patton is sensational as Montana Moore a flight attendant that with the help of her friends Gail and Sam played by Jill Scott and Adam Brody use it to their advantage to aid her in her quest as a single woman in search of love. The challenge and plot of the film is that she has to find it in 30 days before her sister Sheree played by Lauren London gets married to her fiance played by Terrence Jenkins. Jennifer Lewis plays her mother Catherine who has been married five times. She’s tried to instill the importance of marriage in her daughters with one missing vital element which is love.

This film is a humorous look at the life of a single woman in search of love, but the film also has a powerful message. Sometimes we have to go backwards in order to move forward. Paula has a way about her that really draws you in. You start to really feel for and if you’re single relate to her character. She’s a strong woman wanting to be loved.

This film has it all from romance, humor to a positive message. It is a true delight! A definite must see! It gets 5 out of 5 popcorn bags.

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Prisoners Movie Review

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Compelling! Thrilling! Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal deliver two of the best  performances of their careers! Hugh Jackman plays a father whose daughter is abducted and Jake Gyllenhaal plays a police detective working the case where two little girls go missing. He really became his character. Terrence Howard and Viola Davis play the parents of the other little girl. Under the direction of Denis Villeneuve all of the actors deliver good performances. This is a powerful story with many twists and surprises that will keep you guessing until the very end. This film is a definite psychological thriller because it makes you think. It will draw you in and keep you interested. It is very intense because the subject of the film is one that is a parent’s worst nightmare. Not knowing the where abouts of your child is one of the worst feelings in the world. Any and all parents should be able to relate to the parents in the film.

The acting talent in this film is phenomenal! You can see and feel their desperation as they frantically search for their children. The determination on Hugh Jackman’s face makes you want to reach out and give him a hug. Hugh,Viola Terrence are exceptional! The scene where they come to the realization that the girls are gone is a somber moment in the film. You can see and feel their desperation.

This film is a definite must see and very Oscar worthy! It’s a film where all is not what it seems. The ending how ever will leave you wanting more. Villeneuve should have chosen an alternate ending. It is for that reason this film gets 4 out of 5 popcorn bags.

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Lia Von Apparel: A Diamond in the Rough World of Fashion

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Lia Von and Crystal Booker

Recently I had the pleasure to meet and get a sneak peek at Lia Von Apparel’s one of a kind designer fashions. The evening was spectacular and her fashions are a definite must see and must have. I saw several of her designs that I must and will have. Although she’s in her mid-twenties she’s chalked full of talent and creativity. This young lady is about to take the fashion world by storm! Check out the photo gallery from the show and you will see what all the buzz is about. Afterwards I got to chat with Lia Von. Our Q&A starts below.

Chat with Lia Von

CB: First of all I want to commend you on a job well done. Have you lived in KC all your life?

LV: Thank you! Yes I have

CB: How long have you had aspirations to be a designer?

LV: Since 2000 I would say.

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CB: What was your motivation?

LV: Well when I was younger it was just me, my mom and my sister. So we didn’t really have much. I knew I wanted to make something for myself that didn’t cost as much as items cost in the stores. I loved fashion but to know that I couldn’t afford it then was kind of my inspiration to keep going forward.

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CB: I am certainly glad you didn’t give up because your fashions are amazing. I love the fact that you also adhere to us plus size gals. I saw some pieces from your collection that I definitely will be rocking very soon. I also noticed that none of your designs are the same. Where do you get the inspiration for your designs?

LV: Actually I don’t get it from clothing or anything like that. I actually get my own style from architecture. I used to want to be an architect when I was younger. I love the different shapes and bends of buildings. I can see art work or see something in the color or sway of the paint brush, just objects in people’s personalities or your character. I see a confident person that just screams “I need a structured dress” or something like that. So it never comes from something that everyone else would expect.

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CB: What is the price range of your fashions?

LV:  If it’s not a formal layer I would say the max on anything would be like $70.00 and that’s like if you want a coat dress or something like that.

CB: What advice would you give to someone wanting to get into the fashion business?

LV: I’d definitely say go for it and don’t hesitate. If anyone tries to give you advice as far as your esthetic and your own style and personal style it’s good to hear their advice but you don’t have to take it because nine times out of ten if you know fashion and designs in your heart then you’re probably on the right path.

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CB: What’s next on the horizon for Lia Von Apparel?

LV: Well June 6, 2014 that will be my launch party. I’ll have a launch at midnight so there’ll be an evening party and there will be things there that you can buy and things like that. And after that kinda near the winter time in November I want to have my plus size fashion show because I just did the sneak peek in this previous show. Then after that in 2015 will be my black tie event.

CB: Nice! Well definitely keep me posted because I plan to be at all of your events. If models or someone wanted to reach out to you where should they go?

LV: They can go on Twitter and go to lia_von. They can get on Audia Granberry on facebook. They can also email me alvg.corp@ymail.com.

CB: In parting what message do you have for the world?

LV: I would say whatever it is you’re doing, whatever your desire, whatever your goal is in life go for it because you don’t want to settle and think well I know I could have done this because it’s something I was great in. That’s something to always live by because you never know.

CB: I want to thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to chat with me. Once again  I love your fashions! As a matter of fact maybe for your next fashion show I will walk the runway. That would be fun!

LV: Oh yes!  Thank you!

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Jobs Movie Review

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Ashton Kutcher is Steve Jobs the genius behind Apple Computer. He became Steve Jobs! At the end of the film the real pictures of the original Apple Team and the pictures of the actors who portrayed them are shown side by side. The similarities are amazing! Casting for this film was spot on! They really nailed it! All of the actors give good performances, especially Ashton Kutcher who portrayed not only Steve Jobs the hero of Apple Computers, but also his characteristics and all aspects that make up who he was right down to his unique walk.

The life and times of Steve Jobs should be an inspiration to anyone with a dream, a vision and the right platform in which to make their dreams a reality. Knowing where Apple Computers is now and seeing through this film where it begin is very inspiring. The achievements of Steve Jobs and the founders of Apple are amazing! This film chronicles the beginning to the lows of the company right back to the successes. It is interesting to watch the birth of an idea and then to witness that aha moment when everything starts to come together.

This film is definitely a must see! It holds your attention. It gets 4 out of 5 popcorn bags.

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